Brentford vs Fulham
England - Championship 2019-2020. Aug 4th.
PLAYOFFS

offense
defense
form

Closing odds - money line

+215
draw +310
+396

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MATCH PREVIEW

The End of a Very Long Road

It's been a season that has lasted longer than any other. August 4 sees the English football season finally end with the Championship play-off final at a deserted Wembley. It's not the way we expected the season to end but Brentford and Fulham will be hoping it will be them who make it into the Premier League.

For Brentford, it would be an historic win as they have never played in the Premier League. They have already spurned two golden chances to reach the top-flight. A win in either of their last two regular season matches against Stoke and Barnsley would have won them automatic promotion.

Both of those games were lost and that sent them into the play-offs. When they lost the first leg away to Swansea City 1-0, the alarm bells must have been ringing. Three defeats in a row were in danger of ending their promotion dreams. Wednesday's second leg saw them turn their season around with a 3-1 home win taking them to Wembley. It won't just be a first season in the Premier League but a first in their new stadium.

Brentford had won eight straight league games before the three consecutive defeats. Wednesday saw them return to that winning form and it was important for them that top scorer Ollie Watkins was back on the scoresheet.  Three goals was welcome too, after scoring just twice in their last four matches. Backing Watkins to score in this game could well be a winner.

The two league games played against Fulham this season will give Brentford plenty of encouragement. They beat them 1-0 at home and 2-0 away.  In that victory at Craven Cottage, the game was goalless going into the 88th minute Brentford have only lost one of their last ten games against Fulham, six of those encounters saw both teams score.

An Immediate Return?

Fulham also had a chance to win automatic promotion but could only finish fourth in the table. They were only behind Brentford on goal difference and two behind second placed West Brom. If they'd won one of their league games against Brentford, they'd now be in the Premier League.

The Londoners are looking to become a yo-yo team. They won the 2017/18 Championship play-off but spent just one season in the top flight. Now they bid to again win at Wembley and make an immediate return to the Premier League.

They have had a strong finish to the season with five wins and two draws. That secured them a play-off semi-final against Cardiff City that they won 3-2 on aggregate. It was the reverse situation that Brentford found themselves in. Fulham won the away leg 2-0 but then lost 2-1 at home. They went 1-0 down after just eight minutes but equalized just a minute later. A Cardiff goal two minutes into the second half tested Fulham's nerves but they held on for the win.

Top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic hasn't scored in the last three games, perhaps he's due one at Wembley. Neeskens Kebano is the in-form player though with goals in each of his last three matches. A bet on him to score at Wembley could well be a winner.

There's little to choose between these two sides. Brentford will have had their confidence restored by Wednesday's win. A bet on them to win and both teams scoring looks the one to make.

Closing odds:

Money line

+215 +310 +396

Spread

-120 [-0.25] +208
under

Totals

over
+206 [2.00] -121

Money Line Odds Movement

England - Championship 2019-2020 Standings (before this game was played)

Totals Home Away
Team Pts MP W D L GF GA W D L GF GA W D L GF GA
Leeds United logo
Leeds United
93 46 28 9 9 77 35 15 5 3 40 14 13 4 6 37 21
West Brom logo
West Brom
83 46 22 17 7 77 45 10 10 3 44 27 12 7 4 33 18
Brentford logo
Brentford
81 46 24 9 13 80 38 14 5 4 44 18 10 4 9 36 20
Fulham logo
Fulham
81 46 23 12 11 64 48 15 2 6 40 26 8 10 5 24 22
Cardiff City logo
Cardiff City
73 46 19 16 11 68 58 11 9 3 35 21 8 7 8 33 37
Swansea City logo
Swansea City
70 46 18 16 12 62 53 10 5 8 27 23 8 11 4 35 30
Nottingham Forest logo
Nottingham Forest
70 46 18 16 12 58 50 10 5 8 27 27 8 11 4 31 23
Millwall logo
Millwall
68 46 17 17 12 57 51 10 8 5 33 25 7 9 7 24 26
Preston logo
Preston
66 46 18 12 16 59 54 12 4 7 39 29 6 8 9 20 25
Derby County logo
Derby County
64 46 17 13 16 62 64 11 8 4 33 21 6 5 12 29 43
Bristol City logo
Bristol City
63 46 17 12 17 60 65 8 7 8 30 33 9 5 9 30 32
Blackburn Rovers logo
Blackburn Rovers
63 46 17 12 17 66 63 10 9 4 33 24 7 3 13 33 39
Wigan Athletic logo
Wigan Athletic
59 46 15 14 17 57 56 10 7 6 33 23 5 7 11 24 33
Queens Park Rangers logo
Queens Park Rangers
58 46 16 10 20 67 76 9 5 9 42 42 7 5 11 25 34
Reading logo
Reading
56 46 15 11 20 59 58 7 4 12 26 34 8 7 8 33 24
Sheffield Wednesday logo
Sheffield Wednesday
56 46 15 11 20 58 66 7 7 9 19 30 8 4 11 39 36
Stoke City logo
Stoke City
56 46 16 8 22 62 68 11 3 9 36 26 5 5 13 26 42
Middlesbrough logo
Middlesbrough
53 46 13 14 19 48 61 6 8 9 20 29 7 6 10 28 32
Luton Town logo
Luton Town
51 46 14 9 23 54 82 8 7 8 33 37 6 2 15 21 45
Huddersfield Town logo
Huddersfield Town
51 46 13 12 21 52 70 8 6 9 26 30 5 6 12 26 40
Birmingham City logo
Birmingham City
50 46 12 14 20 54 75 6 7 10 33 42 6 7 10 21 33
Barnsley logo
Barnsley
49 46 12 13 21 49 69 7 9 7 29 33 5 4 14 20 36
Charlton Athletic logo
Charlton Athletic
48 46 12 12 22 50 65 8 6 9 28 27 4 6 13 22 38
Hull City logo
Hull City
45 46 12 9 25 57 87 7 3 13 29 37 5 6 12 28 50

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